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Israeli Chief Rabbi Metzger under house arrest

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June 21, 2013 | 9:58 am

The Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger in his Jerusalem office, April 2011.(Yoav Ari Dudkevitch / Flash90)

The Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel Yona Metzger in his Jerusalem office, April 2011.(Yoav Ari Dudkevitch / Flash90)

Police placed Israel’s Ashkenazi chief rabbi, Yona Metzger, under house arrest following a 10-hour interrogation on corruption allegations.

According to The Jerusalem Post, police ordered Metzger not to leave his home for five days.

Investigators from the National Fraud Squad raided Metzger’s home and offices as part of a bribery, fraud, money-laundering and breach-of-trust case. Police suspect Metzger pilfered donations, the Post reported. Metzger’s lawyers said the rabbi denies all allegations against him.

Metzger is forbidden to make contact with either of the other suspects in the case, including Haim Nissan Eisenshtat, who worked for years as Metzger’s driver and personal assistant, and Simcha Karkovsky, the manager of the Beit Hatavshil charity in Bnei Brak.

[Related: Bribery? Fraud? Israeli police question chief rabbi on graft allegations]

Following an undercover investigation, officers went public on Thursday, arresting the three suspects and seizing documents, computers and other materials from Metzger’s home and office.

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